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October 26, 2009 5:15:03 PM

Hello all,

I am planning to build a PC and I have a Thermaltake Xaser III (model V1000A) at home and was wondering if it will do the job for the components I am planning on getting. They are:

- SAPPHIRE 100269HDMI Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit
- AMD Athlon II X4 630 Propus 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W
- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
- Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W

Do you think this case will be good enough in terms of airflow/cooling or should I consider getting a new one? I will really like to save the money on a new case.

Thanks in advance for your help

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October 26, 2009 5:41:41 PM

I sure looks like it should work fine. Lots of (little) fans so airflow should be good.

You might consider a 5770 instead of the 4890. Its not quite as fast but its cheaper and DX11 compatible. Depends on how long you want the graphics card to last you.

You could also consider getting a Phenom II x3 720 instead of the Athlon X4.
October 26, 2009 5:47:32 PM

Yeah, I was considering the 5770 instead of the 4890 but I have seen the 4890 outperform the 5770. I was also considering the 5850 but it is not available anywhere and would like to have this system built now.

Do you think the 5770 is a better deal instead of the 4890? What are the advantages?

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October 26, 2009 6:06:47 PM

The advantage of the 5770 is DX11, thats all. In a couple years the 5770 will still run new games in DX11 on a 22 inch 1380x1050 LCD monitor at high graphics levels. The 4890 will never run DX11. (Like being stuck at DX9 now with all the DX10 games available). Its a short vs long term decision.
October 26, 2009 6:10:47 PM

I understand. I was planning on connecting it and playing on my 52" TV at at least 1080p.

I forgot to ask what is the advantage of the Phenom II x3 720 over the Athlon X4?
October 26, 2009 6:19:24 PM

Correction. The case I have is a Thermaltake Xaser III (model V2000A)

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October 26, 2009 6:20:58 PM

The Phenom II is a bit faster that the Athlon II. If your software isnt going to use all 4 cores effectively then the fewer faster cores will get you better performance. Also the Ph2 720 will overclock easier and might even let you unlock its 4th core to have a totally superior CPU at the same price.

As long as it has front, top and rear fans you should be fine. Side fans are an extra benefit.